S.E. Nash is a visual artist and food fermentation experimentalist. A fermentation residency with Sandor Katz in 2014 was the initial catalyst to create sculptures that interact with vessels of fermented foods. They/Them/ Their, Nash’s first solo show of fermented food sculptures, took place at Black Ball Projects in Brooklyn, NY in 2016. The sculptures are constructed as environments for vessels of ferments and the living “assistants” remain on display within the sculptures, to be eaten during public events. For Lactobacillus Amongus, Nash’s 2017 solo show at PLUG Projects, they collected Kansas City sourdough starters to display within a series of sculptures. To conclude the show, participants shared their homemade baked goods with the public at a sourdough potluck.
Nash created Garden Variety Soda Fountain in 2018 with a Rocket Grant Research and Development award from The Charlotte Street Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation, and the Spencer Museum of Art.
Nash was born in Memphis, TN in 1980. They received an MFA in painting from Yale University in 2005 and a BFA in painting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2002. In 2017 Nash was a panel presenter at the inaugural 2018 Food, Feminism, and Fermentation conference at McGill University in Montreal. Nash was a Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Resident from 2016-2108. They are currently the William T. Kemper Visiting Assistant Professor in Painting at the Kansas City Art Institute.
2019 Lineage and Impact, HAW Contemporary, Kansas City, MO
2019 Fermentation, Dinner Series, Café Sebastienne at the Kemper Museum,Kansas City, MO
2018 A Periodic Table, Carter Art Center at Metropolitan Community College, Penn Valley, Kansas City, MO
2018 Flatfiles Exhibition, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO
2018 Solo Project, Garden Variety Soda Fountain, Rocket Grant Award Event, Early St. Community Garden, Rosedale, Kansas City, KS
2018 All Terrain, La Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2018 The Side-Eye: Visions of Periphery, Spring/Break Art Show, New York, NY
2018 Queering Space, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
2017 Fermenting Feminism, co-curated with Lauren Fournier, Front/Space, Kansas City, MO
2017 Yet, Unknown, Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2017 Sense Vessel, two-person exhibition, Living Arts of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
2017 Solo Exhibition, Lactobacillus Amongus, Plug Projects, Kansas City, MO
2016 Solo Exhibition, They/ Them/ Their, Black Ball Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Honors and Awards
Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency, Kansas City, MO
Rocket Grant Research and Development Award, Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, MO
Inspiration Grant, ArtsKC, Kansas City, MO
Print Media and Publications
Jean Denney, (title forthcoming), Fermentation Magazine, Issue 1, August 20.
S.E. Nash, “Fermenting Sculptures, Edges and Encounters of the Vessel and the Body,” Cuizine, The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures, Volume 9, Number 2, 2018: Food, Feminism, and Fermentation, DOI: https://doi.org/10.7202/1055218ar
S.E. Nash and Stephanie Maroney, “Bubbling Bodies and Queer Microbes: Dispatches from the Foundation for Fermentation Fervor,” Fermenting Feminism. Ed. Lauren Fournier. Copenhagen: Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology.
Jon Santos, “S.E. Nash Creates a Visual Language for Fermentation,” MOLD Magazine #01
Panels, Presentations, Lectures and Workshops
Workshop, Perpetual Motion, lead artist Don Wilkison, Charlotte Street Foundation Neighborhood Artists Residency, June 22.
Presentation and Panel, “Art and the Ecosphere,” organized by The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and Ecosphere Studies at the Land Institute, Cider Gallery, Lawrence, KS, May 28.
Panelist, “Fermentation,” Café Sebastienne at the Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO, March 2.
Panelist, “Harnessing Microbes Across Disciplines,” University of Kansas, The Commons, Spooner Hall, Lawrence, KS, February 28.
Workshop, “Kombucha Workshop,” Rosedale Community Center, Kansas City, KS
Workshop, “Building Community Ferment,” collaborative workshop with Dr. Stephanie Maroney, YOLO County Library, Davis, CA, May 12.
Lecture and Workshop, “Turnip Costume 1, Drag Garnish,” lecture and turnip carving with Foundation students, Alfred University, Alfred, NY, Feb 2.
Panelist, “They/Them/Their: an Aesthetic of Bacteriocentricity,” Epistemology of food knowledge, spaces and vessels for contentious knowledge production, panelist and chair, Food, Feminism, Fermentation, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 29-Oct 1.
Media Appearances/ Interviews
“Fermentation As Food and Art,” Central Standard, KCUR, March 13, 2017 http://kcur.org/post/fermentation-food-and-art-54-senses#stream/0
“Fermentation Residency Program,” FermUp podcast, Oct 31, 2014 http://fermup.com/podcast/88